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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Leiser Lab in the department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at Michigan Medicine is looking to hire a highly motivated and dedicated Research Laboratory Technician. Research in the Leiser lab is focused on the molecular mechanisms of aging, specifically how stress and metabolism affect the aging process. We utilize a translational, multi-system approach, with the ultimate goal of developing treatments to prevent age-related diseases and both improve and extend human lifespan. Our model organisms are C. elegans, tissue culture, and mice.


The candidate's role will be to assist in researches on one or more projects including performing molecular biology experiments, microinjection of C. elegans, genetic crosses of C. elegans, fluorescent microscopy imaging, conducting C. elegans lifespans, and helping maintain the supplies of reagents and nematode growth medium agar plates for studies.


Applicants would ideally have a strong interest in basic/translational research and possess good organizational skills and sharp attention to details. The candidate will be trained by and work with a Research Investigator to learn the techniques. Previous handling of C. elegans are not required but preferred. The candidate would ideally be a fast learner that is motivated to try things out persistently. Bachelor's degree or higher in biological science or related health field with 1-2 years’ relevant experience in a research laboratory.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


• Experiments may include: standard molecular biology techniques including running DNA gels, DNA/RNA isolations, PCR, and qPCR.

C. elegans strains management includes: genetic crosses; genotyping C. elegans using PCR; microinjection of plasmids to make transgenic C. elegans strains.

• Assisting experiments including fluorescent microscopy imaging; C. elegans lifespan assays.

Required Qualifications*

Other important aspects

• Willingness and interested in working with C. elegans

• Responsible

• Responsive. Good communication skills

• Detail-oriented and well organized

• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a research team

Research Lab Tech Associate:  HS Diploma or Assoc Degree and 0-1 years’ experience required.

Research Lab Tech Intermediate: HS Diploma or Assoc Degree and 1-3 years’ experience required. 

Research Lab Tech Senior: Bachelor’s Degree in Cell Biology/Biochemistry/ Physiology and 1-2 years’ experience required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A strong interest in basic/translational research 
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in biological science or related health field 
  • At least 1-2 years’ relevant experience in a biological research laboratory

Work Schedule

M-F days 

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.